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Sharepoint 2010 - Default List Forms

  Asked By: Dianna    Date: Sep 30    Category: Sharepoint 2010    Views: 11293

In Sharepoint Designer 2007 there is a way to assign Supporting Files to a list
in order to change the default Display, Edit and New forms. We have created
custom forms on many of our lists. We upgraded to 2010, in a test environment,
but can't get those 2007 created forms to "link" to the lists. The files
successfully moved to the 2010 environment. Where is the supporting files
option in 2010? Why can't I add a new form in the Forms box without getting the
error "file already exists"? I'm stumped.



4 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Suresh Chindarkar     Answered On: Sep 30

The process is a little different in SPD 2010 due to the ribbon. The
supporting files option doesn't exist anymore.

When you create a new new, edit or display form there is a checkbox in the
create dialog that you can use to make it the default form for that type of

For an existing form, simply highlight the form in the forms list of the
list summary page and switch to the list Forms contextual tab that will
appear. If you have more than one of that type of form and the form
selected isn't the default then you will see a 'Set as Default' button in
the Actions group. Click that button to make this form the default.

To add a new form in the dialog make sure you change the file name of the
form, otherwise you will get the error you describe. You can either make it
the default form now or wait until you create the form and then use the
action button on the ribbon to make it the default. Like 2007 you can only
have one default of each type per content type.

Answer #2    Answered By: Varun Mehta     Answered On: Sep 30

The scenario for us is your response below starting: "For an existing form..."
Our form(s) exist but are not displayed in the Forms list of the List summary
page. All we see are the three out of the box forms EditForm, DispForm and
NewForm. Our forms, designed in SPD 2007 and converted over to 2010, do not
appear and I've been unable to get them to appear. I think once I can get them
to appear I can change their default status. I do see our custom forms in the
All Files area of SPD 2010. Thoughts?

Answer #3    Answered By: Junior Jarvis     Answered On: Sep 30

I doubt you'll be able to use your existing custom forms as custom forms
directly in 2010. At the very least you'll need to create a new form
through SPD and cut and paste the code from your old form to the new one.
There were changes to the underlying infrastructure for forms pages in 2010
that I suspect will make your old forms invalid.

Answer #4    Answered By: Sanjay Lohar     Answered On: Sep 30

Our situation is the scenario below starting with "For an existing
form..." We do not see our existing custom forms, that converted over
from 2007 to 2010, listed in the Forms List of the List Summary page.
The only forms listed there are the default NewForm, EditForm, and
DispForm. I can see our custom forms in the All Files section on the
left side of the SPD 2010 screen. How do I get our existing, converted
2007, custom forms into the Forms List? I think that's my biggest
obstacle. Once there I can probably make them the new defaults easily.

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